Aug. 19, 1839: Photography Goes Open Source

Randy Alfred, Wired, Aug 19, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

People ask me all the time how people who create can be compensated for their work. How about this story, describing how the secret of photography was given to the world (one wonders what would have happened had it remained a closed, patented process): "Arago used the buzz to lobby the French Parliament to grant pensions to Daguerre and Isidore Niepce, so they could make all the steps of the new process public and France would 'then nobly give to the whole world this discovery which could contribute so much to the progress of art and science.'"
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